(OHIO) WOIO - The manufacturer has determined the cause of the Ohio State Fair incident.
An 18-year-old man was killed and seven people were injured when the swinging and spinning Fire Ball ride broke apart July 26 on the state fair's midway. According to the KMG news release the investigation included a visit to the accident scene in Columbus, the team also reviewed footage of the incident and conducted a metallurgical inspection of the ride.
KMG said an excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years. The manufacturer said this led to the failure of the ride during the incident.
KMG said they have reviewed the results of the inspection and worked with industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol in form of a 'Safety Bulletin' to allow properly inspected and maintained rides to safely reopen.
The ride was 18-years-old. The full news release from KMG is below.